A router allows multiple computers to share one Internet connection, either with Ethernet cables or wireless. Here are the basic steps for hooking up a generic router on a DSL connection:
For connecting a router up to a DSL Modem:
- Step 1. Connect a regular telephone cord from a phone jack to your modem (usually the "DSL" port). Also make sure the power cord is connected to the modem.
- Step 2. Connect an Ethernet cord from your modem to your router. The router will usually have a specified port for the modem labeled "modem" or "Internet". For better help connecting your 3rd party router consult the manufacturer's documentation. There will also be a power cord required for the router.
- Step 3. Now you can connect any computers into the remaining Ethernet ports on the router as well as connect devices to your wireless network. Your router may have additional configuration required and it's best to use the support documentation provided by the manufacturer.
For connecting a router to a Fiber Connection:
- Step 1. You will have an Ethernet wall jack that is set up for Internet connectivity in your house. Connect an Ethernet cord from that wall jack to the "Internet" or "WAN" port on the Router.
- Step 2. Connect your computer into one of the remaining Ethernet ports on the router. You should be able to connect any wireless devices to the network as long as you have set up your SSID and Password for your wireless network. Your router may have additional configuration required and it's best to use the support documentation provided by the manufacturer.
Note: If you have DirectLink's Wireless Networking service equipment will have been installed for you and is fully supported. Please contact Technical Support for any issues with wireless service from DirectLink.